Thai cabinet may allow businesses to operate 'close to normal'

The government's proposal that entertainment businesses could proceed during the national mourning period "as normal as possible while bearing in mind the appropriateness to situation" would be tabled at the Cabinet meeting today, Deputy Premier Tanasak Patimapragorn said yesterday.

Following a discussion over the issue with relevant sectors, Tanasak said all systems must proceed as normal but televised programmes and dramas must instill knowledge and information about HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej's great merits and royal activities for their |audiences.

Thais have been grieving since HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej passed away on October 13.

With Thais now clad in black and white as a mark of respect, entertainment outlets have been forced to keep a low profile.

Government Spokesman Lt-General Sansern Kaewkamnerd said yesterday Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha understood that the economic sector needs to move ahead, so he has assigned Tanasak to discuss the issue with relevant sectors.

The government intends to allow all television stations to return to normal programming a month after the passing of the much-revered king.

"We believe all stations know how to gradually gear back to normal," Sansern said.

Social pressure would automatically become active if any station hurt public feelings, he said.